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Dec 4, 2006

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Clock's ticking for Pfizer

Dec 4, 2006
Pfizer halted development of its new cholesterol drug following unexpected deaths during test trials. It's a huge blow to the drugmaker, which needs a blockbuster with Lipitor's patent set to expire in 5 years. Helen Palmer reports.

Doctors: Stop advertising to kids

Dec 4, 2006
An influential doctor's association has issued a call to ban all questionable advertising targeted at children. But will it translate into real legislative action? Lisa Napoli reports.

Big fat budget priority

Dec 4, 2006
Commentator and economist Susan Lee says government interference in the fat market makes sense but wonders, exactly how much are taxpayers willing to spend? A new study provides a surprising answer.

Hedging on human behavior

Dec 4, 2006
More and more hedge fund firms are using psychological theories to pick what they invest in. Amy Scott explains how "behavioral finance" works.

GM finally plugs into hybrid fever

Dec 4, 2006
Host Kai Ryssdal and LA Times auto critic Dan Neil surveyed the scene at last week's Los Angeles Auto Show, where GM unveiled its newest challenger in the hybrid vehicle category.

Congress punts budget . . . again

Dec 4, 2006
The lame duck Congress has decided to leave the unfinished budget for next year. Host Kai Ryssdal speaks with Congressional Quarterly's Jill Barshay about what else will — and will not — get done this week.

Tribe members venture into business world

Dec 4, 2006
More and more Native Americans are choosing entrepreneurship as a path out of poverty — and casinos aren't part of the mix, Steve Tripoli reports.